Metamorphosis #5 - How does the modern food industry impact biodiversity as well as human social constructs?

Hi again everyone! 

It seems like it's been forever since I've posted, but I've been super busy, and I hope that this Metamorphosis makes up for it.

So, for my fifth topic of inquiry in this course, I wanted once again to discuss something that is incredibly pertinent to our lives today, and something that weighs heavily on the minds of many people, but that isn't necessarily discussed explicitly: the food industry. The food industry, as I knew going into this research, is something that affects everyone everywhere, and that dictates how the lives of billions of people will play out; what food they will eat, what diseases they may develop, what employment opportunities they may have. I also knew that the food industry, and the dramatic spike in demand for farming land has had a negative impact on the environment, and on biodiversity. But, what I did not know was how widespread and how strong a hold this industry has on not only our health, but our culture, and the livelihoods of plants, animals, and people all around the world, and how that hold is deeply affecting us on a global scale. 

Upon learning of the intricacies of the food industry, and of how negatively it influences our lives, my thinking was greatly impacted. Going into this research I, like many others, believed that the food industry was powerful and influential, sure, but not to the degree that it is in actuality. The food industry and the enterprises that run it control how the world runs, and control the path that the world will take in the future. I have therefore become far more conscious of the food brands that I choose to support, understanding now more than ever the consequences of supporting the companies that cause these environmental and social problems. I have also become more environmentally cautious; being more attentive when I am buying and consuming food, now understanding the consequences that my eating habits have on the environment. 

I also imagine that this knowledge will greatly impact my actions. As I said previously, I have already become more conscious of the brands of food that I choose to buy, and I believe that making those choices will become more and more of a habit as time goes on. I will also be able to share this information with my friends and family, and will hopefully be able to spread my understanding of the food industry to more of the people in my life. On top of this, I have already begun cutting down on the amount of meat that I choose to consume; hearing about the conditions in which farming animals are raised and bred has made me realize that I should be working to fight this cruelty, instead of actively supporting it by buying meat products. 

I also believe that this research is something that should not just be shared amongst people that I know directly, but should be known around the world. We as a global society should be in charge of the way that we consume food - not a collection of big-brand food franchises that are slowly but surely limiting the diversity amongst different cultures, are producing processed and inorganic foods that are incredibly unhealthy, and are crushing local food services so that healthy alternatives produced by grassroots companies are often not viable options for customers. We must take charge of our cultural profiles as well as our diets, and must understand that we, the consumers, have the power to affect real change, and must begin to take serious strides to do just that. Therefore, I believe that if the information that I have compiled could greatly impact the world on both a local and global scale, as it would allow us to take make informed decisions about the brands and the types of food that we choose to consume, and could greatly change the way that the food industry operates.           

Some challenges that I faced during this cycle of research were finding unbiased information, as well as information that discussed issues related to the food industry from a global perspective. Most of the seemingly reliable sources that I found were really supporting a cause against the food industry, or were websites from the companies themselves. However, as I began to look into the specific subquestions of my research, it became increasingly easier to find objective, reliable sources; many of which have been incorporated into my research. It was also a struggle to find information that was relevant to different countries around the world; I found lots of studies conducted in the United States and several from Asian countries, but most countries had little to no research regarding the impacts of the food industry. Fortunately, though my research focuses primarily on information collected in North America and Asia, I feel that I was able to capture the essence of the global perspective on the food industry; a fact of which I am very proud.         

Thank you all for reading this cycle of research! It's been a really great time, and I hope that you all learned something interesting about the food industry, and how it affects the world around us. I would also like to thank everyone who commented on my research rounds; they have been incredibly helpful, and I really appreciate them! 

Thanks again, and I'll see you in the next cycle!  

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HELLO ANIKA!

i really like the initiative you are taking on the modern food industry based on its effect on both health and  environment.i also like the fact that through you research you have learned to  become far more conscious of the food brands that you choose to support.i think it could  be more interesting if you elaborated more on the specific food brands that you are mostly conscious of.

 

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